You’ve probably heard of kombucha tea — that bubbly, fermented, sorta vingeary drink lining the shelves of your health food store. But did you know it can make clothes?
If you’re science-loving fashion designer Suzanne Lee, you know. She coaxes the bacteria in the drink to expel a material for designing clothes.
How? "Tea, sugar, a few microbes and a little time," she says in her talk at TED2011. “I’m essentially using a kombucha recipe,” she says, “which is a symbiotic mix of bacteria, yeasts and other micro-organisms, which spin cellulose in a fermentation process. Over time, these tiny threads form in the liquid into layers and produce a mat on the surface.” Watch the whole talk here»
Above, some of Suzanne’s creations made from her kombucha-based material as part of the BioCouture research project.
And for a super cool complement to this talk, check out this talk from TEDxVienna about fabric … you spray on.
(All photos Suzanne Lee & BioCouture)
Why you need to make your own Oscar statuette:
1. To pretend you’re Jennifer Lawrence (with or without the cute fall)
2. To convince your parents moving to LA to pursue acting was worthwhile
3. ‘Cause it’s fancy and why not?!
4. You have access to a 3D printer.
5. All of the above. Find out how to 3D print your own here: http://youtu.be/gOB6YtuLKGI
What to do before (or after) you give your fake acceptance speech in the mirror: Watch our playlist of great talks on 3D printing.
Peaks Island, Maine.
spoiler alert: every single goddamn person on this planet is problematic in some way, because everything is terrible. congratulations. you’ve been enlightened with the secrets of the universe
In this surprising talk from TEDxCMYK, the color beige talks oatmeal, khaki, and paint swatches, and shares 6 ways we can all be less vibrant.
And we sit here eating some chicky catch and sandoozles basking in the joy that Tommy Haverford on nbcparksandrec name-dropped TED. We’ve finally made it.
(Parks and Recreation photos: NBC)